Welcome to Summer!

Welcome to Summer!

Wow, this is the third last episode of Maria+Holic. I hope they’ll have a second season. I need to get/read the manga as well.

This episode is again divided into two halves which play out kind of like extended skits. Unfortunately whatever the Dorm Mistress inflicted on Kanako at the end of the last episode is never explored, so perhaps exactly what she did was the seventh mystery?
Worthy of note is that Mariya takes a back-seat in this episode, with Kiri and, surprisingly enough, Matsurika, shining the most.
First off, we find out that Kanako completely bombed her exams and has to take make-up tests, because there is an unwritten law that every school comedy anime has to include an episode about make-up tests. However apparently Kiri of all people also bombed, and thus she has to take the make-ups with Kanako. Everyone is suitably surprised that a glasses-girl could fail an exam, because arent all glasses-girls super intelligent?

THATS A MYTH.

"THAT'S A MYTH."

Momoi the loli-angel comes to the rescue with her “notes that even an idiot can understand”, which Kanako deems useful as she’s an idiot. Sadly, she underestimates how much of an idiot she actually is and there is a hilarious scene in which she is unable to even understand these simple notes, which are shown on screen as colourful patterns ‘to reflect how they appear to Kanako’.

The study angel is here to assist!

The study angel is here to assist!

One of the major things in this episode was seeing sides of the characters I didnt expect. First of all there was Kiri’s apparent suckage at Maths and Science, and next, we find out that Kanako actually does excel in some subjects, to the extent that she nearly got 100% for one exam except for one tiny error:

I bet she is the only one that could make that mistake.

I bet she is the only one that could make that mistake.

The next is something that totally threw me; Matsurika has a friendly side. This friendly side involves the ability to smile and giggle. I couldnt believe it! I dont think we’ll see this again for a long time. I mean…Matsurika, having facial muscles?! It was one of the most unexpected things to happen in the series so far.

spoiler: MATSURIKA HAS FACIAL MUSCLES!

Kanako and Mariya's reactions are pretty much representative for everyone I would imagine.


Aaaaah no fair I wasnt prepared for this level of moe so unexpectedly

Aaaaah no fair I wasnt prepared for this level of moe so unexpectedly

Matsurika decides to ‘assist’ Kanako (!!!) as for some reason or other she feels sorry for her inability to study or get any better. She did this by playing study casettes to Kanako whilst she was sleeping, but then ‘got bored’ and switched to a personality altering tape. The hilarious result was that Kanako turned all serious-business (even getting glasses out of apparently nowhere), but in the end the whole thing backfires because Kanako becomes so serious that she abhores the idea of ranking people based on intelligence and thus boycotts the exam. However despite this personality change, some things about Kanako just couldnt be altered:

Mariya had this wtf face for a good deal of this episode.

Mariya has a 'wtf' face for a good deal of this episode.

Eventually this charm of sorts wears of Kanako and she is, somehow, able to pass the make-up exams.
The next part of the episode was a ludicrous little segment that seemed like it came right out of Sayonara Zetsubou Sensei, and focusing on glasses-girl Kiri. On the train on the way to school, a complete stranger gave her a love letter, and she doesnt know what to do.

Theres also an unwritten law that unless the envelope looks like this, its not a love letter.

There's also an unwritten law that unless the envelope looks like this, it's not a love letter.

Apparently the gentleman it was believed it to be love at first sight. The girls give Kiri all sorts of advice, such as saying that she should tell him she doesnt know him enough, but every time she tries a new one of their plans, it backfires humorously, and she keeps coming back to them with even more things he had given to her. For example…when she said that he didnt know her enough, he gave her a resume. The idea of someone giving a resume about themself to ask someone out is so absolutley ridiculous that I couldnt stop laughing. When she used the age gap as an excuse, he gave her a list of all the great ‘revolutions’ in history: claiming that even if they had a large age gap that may not be accepted in conventional society, by being together they could bring about a revolution. I realy, really wish we could have seen what this guy looked like. He sounded awesome.

I guess she is -kind of- a ripoff of Yuki Nagato(Haruhi Suzumiya) but I love her to death anyway.

I guess she is -kind of- a ripoff of Yuki Nagato(Haruhi Suzumiya) but I love her to death anyway.


I say kind of because you dont see Yuki Nagato being THIS adorable.

I say 'kind of' because you dont see Yuki Nagato being THIS adorable.


Thats how I reacted!

That's how I reacted!

Obviously, Kanako isnt taking this little saga very well (she was the only one that at first thought the love letter had come from a female, not a male), and harbours a resentment between this mysterious unseen train-man. She considers all the Ame no Kisaki girls her turf, but its quite humorous hearing someone like Kanako call someone else a pervert.

Those who pursue High-School Girls should stick together, I suppose?

Those who pursue schoolgirls should stick together, I suppose?

Eventually Matsurika has the blunt idea of stamping ‘rejected’ on his resume and returning it. So very, very harsh…but apparently, it worked! That is, until the guy found a new target (as I assume it was the same person):

He gave them all to her at once this time!

He gave them all to her at once this time!

We end the episode with a brief glimpse of a mysterious man who I’m sure we’ll learn more about in episode 11. I’ve heard about this Priest character, so I personally cant wait to meet him.
However there was one other little thing worth mentioning in this episode, concerning our favourite neko-mimi midget Dorm Mistress.

Ill just point out that I love the way they draw the sky in this show.

I'll just point out that I love the way they draw the sky in this show.

A random flashback, about how once she was given a love letter…?! Exactly how long ago was this, I wonder? Her real age is one of the Seven Mysteries after all:

There is so much moe here I dont know where to start.

There is so much moe here I dont know where to start.

There was something a little ‘subdued’ about this episode compared to the others; but not necessarily in a bad way. The content wasnt quite as over-the-top and haywire as it often is, but still very funny. Because of all the unexpected sides of the characters, and copious amounts of Matsurika and Kiri (and not to mention the equally unexpected Dorm Mistress moe) the out of 5 grade is:

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